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Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Quaker Burying Ground

 
 
Quaker Burying Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, May 6, 2011
1. Quaker Burying Ground Marker
Inscription. Near here was the Meeting House built by the Quakers on four acres of land leased to them by Samuel Wyly on Sept. 6, 1759, for the term of 999 years at a yearly rental of one Pepper Corn, if lawfully demanded. This was their burial ground. The Quakers later leased this land to the Town of Camden for 99 years at a rental of $1.00 a year. In 1874 the Town conveyed its right, title and interest in this and other lands to the Cemetery Association of Camden.
 
Erected by City of Camden.
 
Location. 34° 14.028′ N, 80° 36.596′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker is at the intersection of Campbell Street and Meeting Street, on the right on Campbell Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Camden SC 29020, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. West Redoubt (here, next to this marker); The Camden Oak (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Revolutionary War Memorial (about 600 feet away); Donald Truesdell Memorial (about 700 feet away); Southwest Redoubt (about 700 feet away); Maj. Gen. Baron Johann de Kalb's Original Gravesite
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, May 6, 2011
2. Overview
Entrance to the Quaker Burying Ground
(about 700 feet away); Presbyterian Meeting House (about 700 feet away); Agnes of Glasgow 1760 ~ 1780 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Camden.
 
Additional comments.
1. Brief History of Quaker Burying Grounds now known as Quaker Cemetery
Early Quaker settlers established themselves about the site of Camden first known as Pine Tree Hill, about the year 1750. One of the Sect, Samuel Wyly, in 1759 conveyed 4 acres of land for a period of 999 years, for a rental of "One Pepper Corn Per Year" to the Quakers for their house of worship and burying ground. Several Quakers are buried here and are identified by the brick arched graves with no headstones.
The cemetery has grown from four acres to its present day size of approximately 50 acres. This was accomplished through gifts, purchases and deeded property. In 1874 the town of Camden deeded the acreage which was their property to the Quaker Cemetery Association.
The Cemetery is rich in history. There are physicians, ministers, early Quakers, prominent merchants, men of foreign birth, veterans of wars since the American Revolution.
In 1915 the property known as the Old Presbyterian Cemetery
National Register of Historical Places image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, May 6, 2011
3. National Register of Historical Places
On the gate post of the burying grounds.
was deeded to the Quaker Cemetery; it now has a few old Camden family graves plus the Revolutionary War Park.
    — Submitted November 20, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial Era
 
Governor John P Richardson image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
4. Governor John P Richardson
Former Governor of South Carolina #4 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

"In Memoriam Gov. John P. Rchardson Born 1829 - at rest 1899 Asleep in Jesus Juliania Agusta Manning His wife Born 1836 - Died 1910

Richardson
John Bordenave Villepigue image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
5. John Bordenave Villepigue
#5 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

John Bordenave Villepigue 1830 - 1862 Brig. Gen. C.S.A.
William Dunlap Trantham image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
6. William Dunlap Trantham
#6 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

William Dunlap Trantham Nov. 11, 1847 - Jan. 24, 1911 Soldier, Lawyer, Friend, who devoted his boyhood to defending the South, his early manhood to reconstructing his native state, his life to upholding the Cause of Right, what greater heritage hath any man left than this.

Trantham
Captain Charles A. H. Peck image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
7. Captain Charles A. H. Peck
#7 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Captain Charles A. H. Peck Beloved Commandant, Camden Academy 1859 - Died 1863 Northerner, but Southern sympathizer Plot given by citizens
Gen. James W. Cantey image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
8. Gen. James W. Cantey
#8 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

To the memory of Genl James Willis Cantey. Born Nov. 30, 1794 Died Aug. 20, 1860

And his wife Camilla Floride Richardson Born July 30, 1798 Died Dec. 19, 1866.

He was a Camden native but was buried in Alabama
Lt. Henry W. DeSassure ~ Front image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
9. Lt. Henry W. DeSassure ~ Front
#9 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Wreath with HWD
Lt. Henry W. DeSassure ~ Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
10. Lt. Henry W. DeSassure ~ Reverse
#9 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Lieut. Henry W. De Saussure 6th Regt. S.C.V., C.S.A., was killed in one of the Battles around Richmond on the evening of June 30, 1862, in the 28th year of hi age. While leading the Company of which he was in command, with his last words: "Forward. Men," still ringing on the air a Minie ball pierced his temple, and his brave spirit led to the God who gave it; leaving to the stricken hearts of those who loved him the proud consciousness that he fell in the path of duty, as a Soldier loves to die and to his Orphaned Boys the priceless heritage of a Father's honoured and unsullied name. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away Blessed be the name of the Lord."
Josephine Brown image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
11. Josephine Brown
#10 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Josephine Lovett Noel Born in N.Y. City Nov. 8, 1835 Died in Camden S.C.At rest.

Josephine Brown acted as a Confederate Spy. She was buried as Josephine Lovett Noel.
Thomas Frederick Davis ~ Front image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
12. Thomas Frederick Davis ~ Front
#11 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

In memory of Right Reverend Thomas Frederick Davis D.D. Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina
Thomas Frederick Davis ~ Right Side image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
13. Thomas Frederick Davis ~ Right Side
#11 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

He was born Feb. 8, 1804, Near Wilmington No. Carolina Died Dec. 2, 1871, In Camden So. Carolina. Graduated at the University of No. Carolina and began the practice of the law. He was ordained a deacon of the Protestant Episcopal Church Nov. 27, 1831, Dec. 16, 1832 a priest. And ministered to several parishes there. Jan. 1837 he was installed rector of Grace Church Camden. In May 1853 he was elected , and in October following consecrated, Bishop of South Carolina.
Thomas Frederick Davis ~ Back image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
14. Thomas Frederick Davis ~ Back
#11 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."
Thomas Frederick Davis ~ Left Side image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
15. Thomas Frederick Davis ~ Left Side
For many years without sight, he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Weak in body, yet strong in mind, this holy and humble man of heart, both as priest and bishop of the church, adorned the doctrine of God, our savior in all things.

The diocese of South Carolina, stablished (sic), strengthened, settled in the faith, by his episcopate. Blessed in his life, bereaved in his death, erects this monument as a grateful tribute to his memory.
John Burdell image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
16. John Burdell
#12 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

John Burdell 1821 - 1911 *Burdell*
John Burdell ~ Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
17. John Burdell ~ Reverse
#11 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Originator and Benefactor of the Camden Hospital Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these ye have done it unto me
William McCreight Shannon image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
18. William McCreight Shannon
#13 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Born November 29, 1822, Died July 5, 1880. William McCreight Shannon. *Shannon*

He was killed by Colonel Cash in the last duel in South Carolina.
William McCreight Shannon ~ Right Side image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
19. William McCreight Shannon ~ Right Side
#13 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

"Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God"
William McCreight Shannon ~ Left Side image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
20. William McCreight Shannon ~ Left Side
#13 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Thy will be done.
Neil Smith image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 20, 2011
21. Neil Smith
#14 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Epitaph It must be so - our father Adam of all, and disobedience brought this lot on all. All die in him. - But hopeless should we be. Blest Revelation! were it not for thee. Hail, Glorious Gospel! heavenly light hereby We live with comfort, and with comfort die; And view beyond this __(damage from bullet) scene, the tomb, A life of endless happiness to come. *Admonition*Gentle to know, this world's a vain and ...(becomes illegible)

This unusual monument was used by Henry Nixon as a target in his preparation for his duel with Hopkins. Several bullet scars are visible. It appears his practice was for naught, as he was killed during the duel.
Neil Smith ~ Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
22. Neil Smith ~ Reverse
#14 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

To the memory of Neil Smith, Merchant who died 17 August, aged 35 years; and of Isabella McLehose, his spouse, who died 12 October, aged 32 years; both at Camden in MDCCCXXII.(1822) The former was a native of Bute, and the latter of Glasgow, N.B. - He was a dutiful Son, a loving Husband, an affectionate Father, and a kind Friend. She also possessed the like qualifications, in an eminent degree. But she did not rest her hopes of salvation on these, nor any other; however excellent in themselves; no, she trusted alone in the Merits of her Redeemer. ... 1823 R.M.L.

This is a typical Quaker grave of it's generation.
Neil Smith ~ Left Side image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
23. Neil Smith ~ Left Side
#14 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Their children, Neil Smith aged 8 and Janet Smith, aged 7 years, accompanied their parents remains to this grave.
Neil Smith ~ Right Side image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
24. Neil Smith ~ Right Side
#14 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Her brother, George, attended her funeral, and took charge of the children to Glasgow and from thence sent this stone.
Original Quaker Graves image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
25. Original Quaker Graves
#15 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Bricked arched graves with no headstones. Quakers did not believe in monuments. However, later generations did change this and some Quaker graves do have headstones.
Original Quaker Graves image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, May 6, 2011
26. Original Quaker Graves
#15 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Another example of the bricked arched grave site with no headstone.
Capt. Benjamin Carter image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
27. Capt. Benjamin Carter
#16 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Brick enclosure holding the grave of Captain Benjamin Carter one of seven known veterans of the Revolution buried in Quaker.
Capt. Benjamin Carter image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
28. Capt. Benjamin Carter
#16 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

To the Memory of Captain Benjamin Carter He was born in Sumter District 21st December 1756 and died at Camden the 20th January 1830 His active services in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War of Independence testify the sincerity and ardor of his patriotism and his devotion to the liberties of his country. And a long life of frankness, integrity and usefulness secured to him the confidence and esteem of the society in which he lived and lasting remembrance of his many virtues.
Samuel Mathis image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 20, 2011
29. Samuel Mathis
#17 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

The Remains of Samuel Mathis, Son of Daniel and Sophia Mathis Born 22nd March 1760, Died 26th Sept. 1823, aged 63 years, 6 mo. 4 days.
The deceased was the first white person born in Camden. Naturally active and enterprising events revolutions. He passed through many chequered times which taught him this important truth: That all is vanity which is not honest, and that there is no solid wisdom but in real piety.
John Doby Kennedy image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
30. John Doby Kennedy
#18 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

John Doby Kennedy 1840 - 1896 Brg. General C.S.A. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity.

Native Camden General in the Confederate Army.
Angels at Rest image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
31. Angels at Rest
#19 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Infants who died but parents did not have a family plot.
Joseph Brevard Kershaw image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
32. Joseph Brevard Kershaw
#20 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

In Memory of Joseph Brevard Kershaw Born January 5, 1822 Entered into Life April 12, 1894. "I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith" *Kershaw*

Major General Joseph B. Kershaw was a native of Camden
Joseph Brevard Kershaw ~ Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
33. Joseph Brevard Kershaw ~ Reverse
#20 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Lucretia Douglass wife of Joseph Brevard Kershaw Born Aug. 27, 1825 Died April 28, 1902
Unknown Confederate Veterans image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
34. Unknown Confederate Veterans
#21 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

Unknown Confederates The final resting place of 19 Confederate Soldiers who died in the Camden Wayside Hospital, and whose remains were tenderly cared for by the citizens of Camden. John D. Kennedy Chapter UDC Joseph B. Kershaw SVC Chapter 82

It is estimated there are 210 Confederate graves throughout the cemetery, but most are identified.
Gravestone of an Unknown Confederate Veteran image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
35. Gravestone of an Unknown Confederate Veteran
#21 of the Historical Burial Sites on the Visitor's Brochure for the Quaker Burying Grounds

 
 
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